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With less than a week to go for the publishing mega show “Frankfurt Book Fair 2016”, we would like to share with you a quick guide on how to have an effective visit to the fair. Check out the details of the Guest of Honour: Netherlands & The Flanders and other great networking events to expand your international business.
See you in Frankfurt!
THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2016 Market overviews: Flanders & the Netherlands
Following its successful premiere in 2015, this year, on the Tuesday before the fair, THE MARKETS, the conference to kick off the Frankfurt Book Fair, will once again turn the spotlight on seven different book and media markets. The markets that will be examined in 2016 are:
Flanders & the Netherlands
United Arab Emirates
On Tuesday, 18 October 2016, important publishers, strategists and industry experts from these countries will present their respective markets and offer analyses, visions, direct professional contacts and personal tips. The one-day conference is organised by the Frankfurt Book Fair in cooperation with the US trade magazine Publishing Perspectives.
Reading fever in the Netherlands
Hardly any other European country boasts more books sold and read per capita than the Netherlands. The Netherlands comes in at second place in terms of the number of books read per inhabitant (Sweden holds first place). In 2015, 86 per cent of the Dutch read at least one book.
Between 2008 and 2014, the Netherlands’ publishing world suffered a dramatic 30 per cent contraction of the market. Following this extended dry spell, last year the Dutch book market once again recorded respectable growth. In 2015, total sales reached 498.5 million euros – an increase of 3.5 per cent over 2014. During the Christmas season alone, sales were up by 15 per cent over the same period in 2014. Nonfiction/informational titles and children’s books represented the largest share of this growth (up by 4 per cent and 6 per cent, respectively).
Wiet de Bruijn, CEO of the VBK Publishers Group and a speaker at the conference THE MARKETS, emphasises: “With 3.5 per cent, the Dutch book market registered the strongest growth in Europe.”
The number of copies sold also rose by 5 per cent in 2015, to 39 million (from 37.3 million in 2014). In 2015, a total of more than 377,000 titles were sold, some 131,000 of which were in Dutch. The number of new releases fell from 60,586 to 54,210 titles.
A particular feature in the Netherlands is its distribution system: 95 per cent of all books and e-books are distributed through CB Logistics, a partnership between 500 publishers, 1,800 bookstores and 74 online bookstores.
The Netherlands’ neighbour, Germany, remains an important export market for the Guest of Honour of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016. To date in 2016, over 100 publishers have bought German-language rights from Dutch publishers.
E-books hold steady
The Dutch e-book market is developing steadily. In 2015, sales in this segment totalled 18.47 million euros, just marginally more than in 2014. This represents a roughly 3.8 per cent share of the total market. Currently, there are 38,855 e-book titles available, including 85 per cent of the Dutch “Bestseller 60” list. In 2015, the number of new releases in e-book format comprised 9,532 titles. Publisher de Bruijn believes that piracy is a central problem in the Dutch e-book market. This calls for new technologies, such as Bitcoin technology, for example, which can protect e-books from illegal use. According to the latest research, an average of 117 e-books are downloaded onto each e-reader – roughly 1.5 million of which are in circulation – but only 11 of these have been paid for.
Comic book boom in Flanders
If Flemish culture minister Sven Gatz has his way, beginning in the spring of 2017, booksellers and supermarkets will no longer be allowed to offer substantial discounts, on bestsellers in particular. It will only be possible to offer significant markdowns on new releases – in both printed and electronic form – after six months. The Flemish government has already approved the bill.
It remains to be seen if this will revive the relatively limited book market. The first half of 2016 saw rather modest activity. Sales declined by 6.2 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year. Already in 2015, total sales in the Flemish book market had increased only marginally, by 0.2 per cent to 195.7 million euros. Since 2011, the market has had to bear 19 million euros in losses. The largest shares of total sales were reported in the nonfiction (43.5 per cent), fiction (26.5 per cent) and children’s books (19 per cent) segments.
In 2015, the number of copies sold also grew only slightly, by around 700,000 to 15.21 million. Two-thirds of these sales occurred through traditional bookselling channels. Sales through online channels and through independent bookstores registered substantial gains (up by 16 per cent and 12.5 per cent, respectively).
Rather unsurprising is the advance of comic books, which saw a jump in sales of almost 14 per cent over 2014. In 2015, some three million copies were sold, outstripping the previous record-setting year for comics, 2013. There are five comic book titles among the top 10 most-sold books alone. No other country boasts of as many comic book artists as Belgium: 650 comic book authors in a population of 10 million. In addition toThe Adventures of Tintin, other comics that are famous well beyond the country’s borders includeLucky Luke,The Smurfs,The Adventures of NeroandMarsupilami.
E-books managed to increase their share of the total market from 2.9 per cent to 3.14 per cent. In 2015, in Flanders, 42,546 e-book titles were published by 356 publishers and distributed through 190 online retailers – an increase of 2 per cent. The average price was just short of 8 euros. Technological conditions for further growth are positive. Currently, there are 301,700 e-readers and 4.36 million tablets in circulation.
Overview of the Dutch book market (2015)
Sales: 498.5 million euros
Copies sold: 39 million
Publishers: 1,110 (online: 320)
New releases: 54,210
Book retailers: 1,354 stores (online retailers: 192)
1. Invitation to “Successful examples of cooperation in Asia: Design” 21.10.2016_16:00 – 17:00 Forum Production in Publishing (Hall 4.0 J 35)
Lans Brahmantyo (Afterhours Books, Indonesia, CEO)
Allan Lee (Artron, China, Sales Director)
Bipin Shah (Mapin Publishing, India, CEO)
In this panel discussion we will be focusing on design in book production. We will introduce service providers from Asia who have successfully worked with partners all over the world – the service providers and their customers will show what Asia has to offer and how to work these cooperations.
2. Invitation to “Successful examples of cooperation in Asia: Virtual/ Augmented Reality” 21.10.2016_14:00 – 15:00 Forum Production in Publishing (Hall 4.0 J 35) Participants:
In this panel you will see and hear about interesting and successful examples of products using VR – all made in Asia and East-West cooperation. You will be able to find out how these cooperation work, which hindrances you have to watch out for and how to overcome them.
3. Get-together with publishers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Middle and Eastern Europe 20.10.2016_12:30 – 14:30 International Stage (Hall 5.1 A 128)
The 24 Publishers of the Invitation Programme will meet interested exhibitors and trade visitors with the purpose of exchanging experiences and exploring business opportunities. The conversations will be conducted at tables organized by regions. Here representatives of each region will give their views.
At approx. 1:30 pm participants will have the opportunity to visit the stands of the 24 publishers (located nearby) and continue with their chats. A snack will be served.
4. THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2016 18.10.2016
Visions, analyses & business contacts. At THE MARKETS – the new conference at Frankfurt Book Fair on Tuesday, 18 October – the focus will be on seven international book and media markets, including the Philippines. The book market in the Philippines is constantly growing, both in global relevance and strength. More and more Philippine publishers are reaching out to build new joint ventures with international partners. Learn more at this one-day event about the structures, innovations, challenges and business possibilities in the international book market. Don’t miss a chance to boost your knowledge – so join in!
Frankfurt Book Fair will offer two special receptions for trade visitors on Wednesday, 19 October. The first one, “Reception for Trade Visitors and Newcomers”, will help you make contacts with first-time exhibitors (International Stage, Hall 5.1 | A128, 12:30 pm). The second, “Happy Hour Asia”, will pair trade visitors with professionals from Asia (Café West, Hall 4.0 | D93, 5:30 pm).
Have you registered for an expert-led tour of the Fair? Tours on specific themes help you quickly discover the most relevant aspects of the Fair for you. If you’re looking for a fresh perspective and are interested in making new contacts, these tours are not to be missed. Check out our catalogue and secure your spot today.
3. 2nd International Humanities Editors Panel and Networking Event
The Dutch Foundation for Literature, German Book Office New York, and the Fair invite you to explore the challenges of globalisation in nonfiction publishing with: · Alexander Roesler, Nonfiction Editor, S. Fischer Verlag, Germany· Alexandre Sánchez, Editor, Lux Éditeur, Canada· Mireille Berman, Nonfiction specialist, Dutch Foundation for Literature, Netherlands· Sebastian Budgen, Publisher, Verso Books, UK/US Details: Saturday, 22 October Panel 10:00-11:00 am Reception: 11:00-11:30 am Hall 4.C | Room Consens
4. International takes the stage, front and centre
All the world’s a stage, and in halls 5 & 6, three stages showcase all the global topics, readings, and discussions for an international, or internationally-minded, audience. Keep an eye out for a diverse programme on the International Stage (Hall 5.1), the Publishing Perspectives Stage (Hall 6.0), and the Weltempfang (Hall 3.1).
Every Wednesday to Saturday starting at 6 pm, The Booklounge offers what publishers need: a relaxed evening hangout spot. Guests become the main players each evening when a different group of publishers take control of the music. Presented by Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and “Buchmarkt” magazine, The Booklounge is hosted at AMP, a bar between the city centre and Fair (Gallusanlage 2).
Welcome to the October Edition of the UK Science and Innovation Network in India’s Newsletter. In this edition we talk all about the India UK Technology Summit to be held in New Delhi from 7- 9 Nov’16 and a blog on potential UK India collaboration in Industrial Biotechnology.
The India UK TECH Summit 2016, India’s largest knowledge and technology conference and exhibition, will be held in New Delhi from 7-9 November 2016.Tech Summit supported by the Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), provides a platform for promoting technology-intensive trade and investments between the two countries. The relationship between India and the UK is nothing less than unbeatable – the UK is the largest G20 investor in India, whilst India has emerged as the third largest investor in the UK.
The biggest names in UK-India business will be attending, along with thought leaders and opinion-formers, exhibitors and speakers and the three-day event will host 1000 delegates per day, spanning business, government, higher education institutions as well as the media.
Mixing trade expo, thought-leadership and business-to-business conclave, TECH Summit will be a celebration of the unbeatable combination between India and the UK, providing a forum for business, a space for new connections, and a showcase of future technologies.
TECH Summit comprises five inter-related summits, including:
Recognised for its world class agricultural research in technologies and science, the UK has the capacity to take a leading role to address world hunger. The UK has 3 of the top 5 global universities, 20% of the workforce in science, over 100 science parks, well established R&D sites for multinational companies such as Syngenta, Zoetis and Bayer, and the world’s best and most complete data-sets relevant to agriculture TECH Summit will see participation from leading innovative British agri-tech companies. Read more..
UK and India’s research investments have grown enormously. In 2008, £1m had been invested – today that figure stands at over £200m.The continued excellence of the UK research base and innovation ecosystem makes us perfect partners. Read more..
What if you were prescribed treatment based on your genetic makeup, environment and lifestyle? This is already a reality and the practice is called precision medicine or personalised medicine. Essentially, this means your genes determine the treatment you receive. Read more..
The UK Science and Innovation Network is running interactive workshops to support Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) in India through a series of workshops across 4-cities who have confirmed interest in this area. These cities are Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Pune. The aim of this workshop is to share the best practices from established TBI managers, projects, ecosystems, real life approaches to challenges from the UK with Indian stakeholders. The UK delegates from Cambridge CleanTech and Basildon Borough Council will run the workshop. Read more…
The Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship (CRISP) is aimed at mid-career professionals with very high potential in the fields of science, innovation, and business from India and Sri Lanka. For more details please visit here..
To set up partnership links between UK and overseas laboratories,to promote the exchange of scientists, particularly early career scientists and promote access to facilities. For more details please visit here…
Chevening is the UK government’s international award scheme aimed at developing global leaders since 1983. Funded by the Foreign Commonwealth Office and partner organisations .Chevening offers two types of awards – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships. For more details please visit here…
DFID has allocated up to £4 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. The aim of this competition is to increase the pace and scale of uptake of agricultural innovation by farmers in developing countries. For more details please visit here..
For a full list of funding opportunities, please check out our monthlysummary.
The SIN team is preparing and planning for TECH Summit with several delegations in the areas of robotics, smart cities, precision agriculture, advanced manufacturing,precision medicine and veterinary sciences.
As India hosts the 8th BRICS Summit on October 15-16, the paper reviews the evolution of the agenda of BRICS, assesses its global impact and reflects on its future course. It evaluates India’s expectations from BRICS and explores whether (and how) they could be better fulfilled in the future.
As the global population expands, we will need to satisfy an increasing demand for food. Yet, around the world, record-breaking temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent and severe droughts and floods caused by climate change are already affecting ecosystems, agriculture and society’s ability to produce the food we need. The most vulnerable people are world’s poorest, 70 per cent of whom depend on subsistence farming, fishing or pastoralism for income and food.
On this World Food Day, we highlight the close link between climate change, sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security with the message that “The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” Without concerted action, millions more people could fall into poverty and hunger, threatening to reverse hard-won gains and placing in jeopardy our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Agriculture and food systems must become more resilient, productive, inclusive and sustainable. To bolster food security in a changing climate, countries must address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development. Targeted investments in these sectors will build resilience and increase the incomes and productivity of small farmers, lifting millions from poverty. They will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard the health and well-being of ecosystems and all people who depend on them.
Next month, the historic Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force. This will provide a much-needed boost to global efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, limit temperature rise and promote climate-compatible sustainable agriculture.
On this World Food Day, I urge all Governments and their partners to take a holistic, collaborative and integrated approach to climate change, food security and equitable social and economic development. The well-being of this generation and those to come depends on the actions we take now. Only by working in partnership will we achieve a world of zero hunger and free from poverty, where all people can live in peace, prosperity and dignity.
The theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl is based on the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The slogan is: Girls’ Progress equals Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.
The wellbeing, human rights and empowerment of the world’s 1.1 billion girls are central to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. When we agreed on that agenda, we promised girls quality education and health services.
We committed to ending discrimination and violence against girls, and harmful practices like child marriage. We pledged to leave no one behind.
Too often, in villages, shanty towns and refugee camps around the world, girls are the ones left behind: without nutritious food, healthcare or quality education, and at risk of sexual violence.
Investing in girls is both the right thing to do, and the smart thing to do. It has a powerful ripple effect across all areas of development, and reaches forward to future generations.
But what cannot be measured cannot be managed. If we do not gather the data we need, we will never know if we are delivering on our promises.
We need to make sure that our initiatives are reaching all girls: girls in extreme poverty; girls in isolated rural areas; girls living with disabilities; girls in indigenous communities; girls who are refugees or displaced within their own countries.
Timely, high-quality data is vital so that we know where we are meeting our promises, and where we are falling behind.
Let us all work hard to make sure we count all girls, because all girls count.
National Vice President,
Akhil Bhartiya Patarkar Manch.
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Vice President,Delhi Chapter,
The Newspaper Editor's Society.
CEO:Enkay Sagar Holdings P Ltd:
Former Secretary,Delhi Region
International Theosophical Society.
The Spiritual Motivator:Consultant.